Guidance and Support Staff

Guidance Counsellor - Pamela Bentley

Pamela completed an Honours Bachelor of Physical Education in Disability Studies from Brock University, followed by a teaching certificate in elementary education from Medaille College. She completed post graduate certification in Special Education at Queen’s University, holds a Special Education Specialist distinction in the province of BC, and has a Master of Education degree in School Counselling from City University of Seattle. She brings with her extensive classroom, and one-on-one support experience working with children and adolescents of all ages and abilities. She enjoys online shopping, reality television, rock concerts and is a hardcore Montreal Canadiens fan.

Teaching Assistant - Madelaine Arshak

Madelaine is a passionate teacher and counsellor. She has a diploma in Professional Counselling Psychology as well as a diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education. She is also bilingual; Arabic is her second language. Her passion is to help children of all ages learn in a fun, creative and safe environment. Her professional history includes teaching, nannying, and caring for children with special needs. Madelaine has worked with ESL students, special-needs students, and students with learning and cognitive disabilities. She has also worked extensively as a therapist. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, swimming, art, philosophy, spirituality and music!

Teaching Assistant - Carlene Burton

Carlene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has extensive experience working with both children and adults with special needs. Prior to coming to Madrona, she worked in one-on-one behavioural intervention for children with autism spectrum disorder. She has also spent time as a support worker for at-risk youth. Carlene enjoys travelling and spends her free time at the gym, reading, and painting at home.

Teaching Assistant - Adam Lee

Adam grew up in Kelowna, BC and has a background in science and engineering from UBC. After working as an engineer in Alberta for two years he returned to school to pursue a masters in engineering studying sustainable transportation. Adam loves to bring real life examples from engineering and research into the class room. He is currently completing his thesis and plans to return to school for a bachelors of education. In his free time he enjoys travelling, hiking, yoga, volleyball, tennis and reading.

Teaching Assistant - Sara Farrelly

Sara hails from Dublin, Ireland where she worked in the special education sector for nearly 10 years. Sara also managed an extra curricular social group for adolescents with disabilities for 6 years. Since moving to Vancouver, Sara has developed a love for the great outdoors and in her spare time enjoys hiking, running and spending time with family and friends.